Archive for April, 2007

Yet another underpass on Canal Road…

If you frequently pass through the portion of the Canal Road, which is between Punjab University and Ferozpur Road, then you better start looking for an alternate route! The authorities have already taken down the overhead pedestrian bridge that was at the site of this new underpass, but there is no sign of any construction equipment anywhere near.
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Book your Potter Book now!

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Source: Wikipedia

Here’s good news for die-hard Harry Potter fans in town. As the official release date July 21 nears, Iqbal Book Corner and Al-Fatah have put on these posters claiming that you can now book in advance a copy of the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It is seventh and the last book in J.K.Rowling’s most popular and best-selling series of Harry Potter books.

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I’d definitely try the last part, but for me, only that Rs.200/- copy is worth-buying, collectors can always go for booking the original one…

Official Cover Summary:

Harry has been burdened with a dark, dangerous and seemingly impossible task: that of locating and destroying Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes. Never has Harry felt so alone, or faced a future so full of shadows. But Harry must somehow find within himself the strength to complete the task he has been given. He must leave the warmth, safety, and companionship of The Burrow and follow without fear or hesitation the inexorable path laid out for him.

In this final, seventh installment of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling unveils in spectacular fashion the answers to the many questions that have been so eagerly awaited. The spellbinding, richly woven narrative, which plunges, twists and turns at a breathtaking pace, confirms the author as a mistress of storytelling, whose books will be read, reread and read again.

Happy Feet in town…

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… or a tribute to Linux users? In any case, I can’t seem to understand the obsession the authorities have with penguins these days! They had placed similar but bigger penguins in the Canal for the Spring Festival.

Anyhow, guess the location and win an imaginary trip to Lahore (if you aren’t there already!). :)

By the way, sorry for the poor picture quality – phone cameras aren’t too good for taking pictures!

Home Grown Veggies

Have you ever considered growing your own vegetables? fruit even?
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Rising against Extremists

Female students of Pharmacy Department, University of the Punjab have demonstrated against Islami Jamiat Tulaba’s(IJT) attack and sabotage action at a festival being held at the department premises.

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Source: BBCUrdu

This is the first time that students from within the institution have risen against the hard-line actions of IJT and its supporters. While speaking at a press conference on Monday, the students blamed IJT for the scare and insecurity they feel at the institution as well as hostel premises. They said that they are threatened and afraid of IJT’s female activitists who bar them even from celebrating birthday functions.
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Avoiding Kiss of a Mosquito…

No one can avoid the buzz of machhars (mosquitoes) these days. Blame it on the upcoming humid season; the stagnant water puddles; or the uncovered sewage nallahs, they are here and are hitting hard.

Mosquitoes are dangerous, cause deadly diseases like Malaria, Dengue Fever and other harmful infections. In the past, whole civilizations have been destroyed by epidemics blamed on mosquitoes.

Here are a few tips on how to live through this season unscathed and untouched by mosquitoes:

1. Mospel Lagao: A simple Insect-Repellent Lotion application to your hands, arms and feet can be very helpful. As they claim;

‘Machhar Aap Say Dur, Rehnay Pay Majboor’
(Keeps the Mosquitoes Away from You)

2. Coil Smoke: Effective especially for open areas including grounds, party & wedding function venues. Coil Smoke, however, only repels and not kills the enemy.

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3. Mat Treatment: Our lovely Matt Machine that needs to be reloaded with a new bar of matt every night.

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4. Vapourize Death: More effective and long-lasting than the coils and mat solutions, Liquid Vaporizers are readily available in the market. Refills are easy to install and are quite affordable.

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5. Shock Therapy: We just ended up adding two more Electric-Shock Killer units to the already existing squadron of two at home. They are effective, fatal attraction for mosquitoes and also end up eliminating lots of flies, parwanas and flying insects in addition to the basic mosquitoes.

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Too Fast, Too Furious to escape Death

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Street Racing is one craze that is on the high-rise in Lahore. You cannot escape these RX-8s, BMW Z3s and our very common upgraded Honda Civis zooming on the Main Boulevard, Gulberg especially on Sunday mornings.

There are varied opinions on whether street-racing is an evil, life-threatening act or a sport showcasing intense force, speed, action and passion.

Please share your opinion on how this ‘sport’ can be supported, regulated, prevented or banned after reading the following incident reported by dannydezongpa:

“I would like to draw your forum’s attention towards a recent street racing related incident in lahore that took the life of a young person named ADIL..also known as ARIDSOUL. He was a member of an online web community (pakwheels.com) and if you check this website now, you will see many threads about his death. He was driving his own car when he crashed and suffered fatal injuires to his head and chest. This i believe happened on Mar 24th. Some of his friends were also racing with him and later took him to hospital.
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To get Thumb Printed!

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Entry into Fortress Stadium requires a biometric thumb impression record of everyone willing to enter. It has been debated and talked about before. Many people oppose it while others fully support it.

As for my opinion; ‘Excuse me, I DON’T LIKE BEING TREATED LIKE A SUSPECT!!’

Clarks @ Model Town, Link Road

After The Body Shop, NEXT and Mothercare opened doors of their first outlets in Lahore, the world famous Clarks Shoes are also now availabe in the city.

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Their first outlet at Model Town, Link Road appears to be housing a decent collection of classy shoes. I haven’t checked it my self, but if someone among you does, drop us a review about it…

Pakistanis doing well at the World Cup ’07

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Our cricket team might be down ‘n out but there are two Pakistanis at the ongoing Cricket World Cup that are making us all proud! Asad Rauf and Aleem Dar are the unsung heroes that haven’t been given their due respect! At least, I haven’t come across any praise from the media or any announcement from the government to honor them!

Not very long ago, Pakistani umpires were looked down upon – Remember Javed Iqbal of Ashes fame? But these two have done exceptionally well at the international level and it’s high-time we recognize their achievements! The least the government could’ve done was to confer ‘Tamgha-e-Husn-e-Karkardigi’ on them on Pakistan Day!

For those wondering how this is related to Lahore, well… one of them is a Lahori while they both have represented Lahore in domestic cricket! Is that a good enough reason? :)

You can have a look at their detailed profile at CricInfo:
Asad Rauf
Aleem Sarwar Dar

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